The 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was the largest in the history of the event. A record number of participants visited the forum with more than 17,000 representatives of the business and political community from 143 countries coming to take it in. Five hundred and ninety-three agreements were signed at SPIEF 2018, reaching a total of 2.625 trillion roubles.
The highlight of the Forum was a plenary session with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Wang Qishan, and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.
“What we need today is a full-scale trade peace rather than trade wars or even temporary trade armistices,” the Russian President emphasized in his speech at the Forum. “The theme of this year’s St. Petersburg forum is Building a Trust Economy. I am convinced that experience shows that the role of trust as a development factor will grow.”
The Forum was attended by the following heads of state and leadership of international organizations: President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov, and Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Michael Christides.
Proxy Centre participated in several aspects of the Forum’s preparation:
Proxy Centre was in charge of the official SPIEF cars used to transport event speakers and participants.
The official car of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is Mercedes-Benz. Four hundred luxury, executive, and business class cars were provided for participants: 150 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 100 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 100 Mercedes-Benz V-Class, and 50 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
Proxy Centre specialists saw to the timely selection of qualified drivers conforming with the strict requirements of Russia’s largest economic forum, overseeing preparatory work on the cars in anticipation of the Forum and monitoring the technical condition of cars during the event. Proxy Centre employees managed the distribution of cars among participants, and also monitored compliance with driver scheduling.
SPIEF 2018 had a record number of participants; the Forum was visited by three thousand people more than in 2017. Proxy Centre employees participated in the preparation of accreditation points and access control points to the main Forum site for Forum participants and technical personnel. During the Forum, the company’s specialists managed the accreditation points assigned to them.
To ensure the work of the accreditation points, Proxy Centre provided sublimation printers for printing badges from its own equipment stock, which has proved to be successful at major international events.
Meetings were held simultaneously in 22 conference rooms and the Congress Hall, the largest room on site, capable of accommodating 3,700 people at one time. Proxy Centre specialists managed the conference rooms and Congress Hall. Thirty-one administrators and 99 volunteer assistants were involved in the work, coordinating contracting companies and Forum technical personnel, providing reports on room occupancy, managing the performance of congress equipment and the availability of panel spots and simultaneous interpretation booths, and ensuring that guests were seated correctly.
SPIEF 2018 by the numbers: